The Menninger Clinic is a highly-regarded mental-health facility in Topeka, Kansas. Their mission, it says here, includes "applying knowledge to promote mental health." To this end, I assume, they sent me a "complimentary bookmark" which contains an abbreviated version of this mission statement, and a little table, signed by William C. Menninger, MD, which lists "The Criteria of Emotional Maturity". Let's see how Your Humble Scribe does on this seven-point test:
- The ability to deal constructively with reality
Reality and I are on speaking terms, more or less, but neither of us is exactly thrilled with the other.
- The capacity to adapt to change
Despite my somewhat stodgy reputation, I've gone with far more flow than anyone suspects.
- A relative freedom from symptoms that are produced by tensions and anxieties
No chance on this one; in fact, I'm just about due for another Ativan.
- The capacity to find more satisfaction in giving than receiving
I suppose this is true, given my general belief that I receive very little to begin with.
- The capacity to relate to other people in a consistent manner with mutual satisfaction and helpfulness
I don't understand this one. Does he mean "in a manner consistent with mutual satisfaction and helpfulness"? If so, I am generally considered somewhat helpful, in a grudging sort of way.
- The capacity to sublimate, to direct one's instinctive hostile energy into creative and constructive outlets
You're soaking in it.
- The capacity to love
Um, no comment. Yet.
Evidently it's time I booked a room in Topeka. I hear it's just wonderful up there for about twenty minutes in early fall.
8 September 2000